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October 26, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Kevin Seifert

Kevin Seifert
  (2:01 PM)

Hi everyone. Let's get right to this thing. We have about 40 minutes or so before I have to split.

Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)

Will Minnesota Vikings QB Brett Favre will Play Next Week or the Week after with a Broken Ankle?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:03 PM)

Might as well get to this one right off the bat. I think anyone who rules him out this week has forgotten history. I don't know how it will play out for sure, but Favre's history of quick recovery and playing with significant injuries at least gives him a fighting chance here. I wonder if the Vikings will consider starting him just to see how he reacts -- and keep the streak alive -- with the plan of using Tavaris Jackson to finish up.

Nathan (Phoenix, AZ)

Crazy as this sounds... I like the Lions chances of clawing their way back into the NFC North race. The T. Jackson led Vikings will be a sub .500 team, the Bears are in disarray, and the Packers look like a MASH unit.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:04 PM)

Well, I think the Packers' injury situation will level off a bit when they get Al Harris and Atari Bigby back. I do think the Lions will play a big role in the eventual winner of the NFC North, considering the other three teams are all scheduled to play at Ford Field at some point between now and the end of the year. But coming back from 1-5 to be a title contender will be difficult.

Martin Mayhew (Allen Park, MI)

Seifert, did you notice that I quietly added another young 1st round-talent guy on the cheap? Don't be surprised when Bobby Carpenter is our starting SLB. NINJA!

Kevin Seifert
  (2:06 PM)

Yep. Bobby Carpenter was a bye week special. Not a bad pick-up considering the time of year and position, but just because he is a starter for the Lions doesn't make him a starting-caliber linebacker. You have cleaned up some positions, but linebacker isn't one of them.

Big Jerm (Gettysburg, PA)

STREAK IS OVER!!!! Or at least it better be. Isn't it time for Childress to put an end to the madness? There is just a heap of crap surrounding Favre right now. The investigation. The injuries. The decision making. It NEEDS to be Jackson this week for each one of those reasons. There is no pressure on him (Favre put them in this hole). He'll be able to move around and run (Favre also needs to heel). And Jackson may not make as many big plays but he wouldn't make as many big mistakes either. Favre needs a wake up call or just put to rest.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:09 PM)

Well, I wonder if Childress isn't thinking the same thing. This injury might have given him a chance to reassert authority and send Favre the message that he can't indefinitely throw interceptions and stay on the field. I don't think Favre will see it that way, and he would probably be justified in saying he is just being Brett. Last year was an aberration. Favre has thrown more interceptions than any player in the history of the NFL.

Ryan (WI)

Kevin, where do you see the Packers going from here? Will the defense get Harris, Bigby, Pickett, & Jenkins back this week? I personally think that if they OLine continues this type of play then the Pack will win their next 3 games. Thoughts?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:10 PM)

This season has been so hard to predict that I'll just keep it week-to-week. I think beating the Jets in New York is going to be awfully, awfully hard. But I do think there is a decent shot of Harris and Bigby playing this week. Not sure on Pickett, and there is some concern that Jenkins is going to need some time.

Kyle (Dubuque)

Who?s faster Randy Moss or Desmond Bishop (rhetorical question)? What does it say about Moss for not even trying to run down Bishop on the interception return?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:11 PM)

He is who we thought he was. Who should be surprised by that?

Da Man (Chi Town)

Jay Cutler completed 4 passes to Deanglo Hall for 92 yards and a score? Should bears fans expect the leading receiver for Cutler to be on the other team?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:12 PM)

Ha. Cutler had kept the interceptions down before that game, but obviously you can't be a long-term starter in the league if you have more than an occasional four-interception game. He just can't do it. I'm not sure what options the Bears would have long-term, and I'm not saying they need to bail on the guy, but someone needs to get through to him that while an interception here or there is OK, multiple-pick games can't happen if he wants to keep his job.

Jeff (Nashville)

C'mon Childress - every fan/coach/player in every single game can whine about missed calls. Not challenging the Quarless TD is his fault. The Shiancoe TD must have been questionable enough. Loadholt almost took Matthews head off...c'mon dude.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:13 PM)

Agreed. I have no idea what he was complaining about on the Loadholt play. And while I'll say it's not too often that you have two touchdown calls go against you in one game, you're right. Calls go against every team every week, and over time they even out.

A fan who likes to see the correct calls (Common Sense)

Do you ever think we will see an increase in the amount of challenge?s given to coaches? I bet Lovie would have thrown one on the cutler fumble if it wouldn?t have possibly been his last. Mcarthy could have challenged the spot of the ball on either the 4th quarter Greg Jennings completion or the John Kuhn second effort play that was stopped before the whistle blew. Childress most certainly should have thrown the flag on the Quarles TD and with more challenges maybe he would have.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:13 PM)

How about an increase in officials on the field? It seems like there is too much going on for them to see right now.

Cheese (Washington, DC)

For the love of a bootleg! Why won't LovieMartz draw up some bootlegs for Cutler? Or do they think pass protection is magically going to just appear? Ahh, forget it. Can we just blow up the coaching staff and start scouting OL talent for the draft? Can we please?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:14 PM)

Or, at least come up with some way to get him out of the pocket. You're right. Cutler is always better when on the move. Even the touchdown to Knox in the corner of the end zone. Risky pass, but he obviously felt comfortable throwing it because he broke the pocket.

Craig (Braintree MA)

Has anyone asked Childress about whether it was a mistake to bring Favre back?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:15 PM)

No. But that topic makes this whole story even crazier. They absolutely begged Favre to come back. Now that he's playing the way he has historically played, or at least has at many other points in his career, they're not happy. If you aren't willing to stomach interceptions, Favre shouldn't be your quarterback.

Steve (Shadow of the Tetons)

If Tavaris Jackson were forced into duty, how big of a drop off would you expect in the Vikings offense? They haven't been exactly stellar so far...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:16 PM)

Agreed. But the one dropoff would be at the end of the game and/or a 2-minute drill. For as poorly as Favre played the other night, he drove the Vikings from the 17 to as close as the Packers' 15 at the end of the game. He was one Percy Harvin pass away from a probable victory. That's something Jackson has never done, and I'm not sure he is capable of.

Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson (The endzone)

How fun is to watch us run around the field each week?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:17 PM)

I give the Vikings credit for finding new ways to get Harvin the ball. The backfield thing is working well.

Paul (Denver)

Is there any system that would allow Cutler to be consistently successful? I'm starting to believe that he'll be unemployed very soon.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:18 PM)

He was in the Mike Shanahan offense. Maybe the Redskins and Bears should trade starters. McNabb could come home!

Al (FL)

Can the Bears get any worse than they have been the last two weeks? Martz seems to be oblivious to the reality that right now any seven step drop is going to either get Cutler sacked with the offensive line or cause Cutler to make terrible decisions with the ball (hold on to it, throw it to bad spots) instead of just throwing it away. I was hopeful with the quick start the Bears had a chance, but now I'm going back to my pre-season prediction of 8-8. Is it just a systemic problem on offense (bad routes, dropped passes, horrible blocking, etc) or is it something we aren't seeing? Your thoughts?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:20 PM)

For the most part, the Bears' defense and special teams is giving it a chance to win every week. So for that reason, I'm nowhere close to writing them of. On the offense, it will be systemic if they don't change anything. If Martz emerges from this bye week and is still running everything exactly the same way, then it will be a matter of time before we do write them off.

Craig (Braintree MA)

Any opinion about Cook's play on Sunday night? Any thoughts about whether he will bounce back against NE? Is he having problems with his knees?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:21 PM)

I think he was just really hesitant. Not sure it was the knees. He just hasn't played that much. He's a rookie who had a nice preseason, but let's not confuse that for being a polished player.

Elizabeth B. Browning (England)

Just realized that my Sonnet XV: Accuse Me Not is a perfect representation of the Favre/Childress saga. 'Accuse me not, beseech thee, that I wear Too calm and sad a face in front of thine; For we two look two ways, and cannot shine With the same sunlight on our brow and hair. On me thou lookest with no doubting care, As on a bee in a crystalline'

Kevin Seifert
  (2:22 PM)

There's no poetry in football!

tramon williams (GB)

am i the best corner in the nfc north right now?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:23 PM)

Your coverage has been outstanding, for sure. It was pretty interesting to see you rather than Charles Woodson matched up on Moss.

Chris Williams (Chicago, IL)

Please tell me you saw Albert Haynesworth launch me into Cutler for the rare pancake-sack.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:23 PM)

Oh, I saw it. Reminded me of a varsity-JV scrimmage.

jr (san jose,ca)

Kevin,do you think the vikes are regreting trading sage ronsefels to the giants and or making a move on donovan mcnabb now

Kevin Seifert
  (2:24 PM)

Maybe the McNabb move, yes. They put all of their eggs in Favre's basket and you've seen what happened.

Johnny Knox (Chicago, IL)

Remember when I was supposed to have a 'breakout' year?Well I just had six catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's loss against the Redskins giving me 24 catches for 478 yards and 1 TD for the season. Impressive no?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:24 PM)

I think you were at fault on a few of the interceptions for stopping on your routes, but overall, to be on a 1,000-yard pace is pretty good, yes.

Michael (Norfolk)

I see this as one of the biggest wins for the Packers in recent history. So why is everyone dwelling on Brett Favre and not the fact that the Packers just scored a huge victory over the Vikings just when they needed it most, and, even though he wasn't perfect, Aaron Rodgers finally getting the monkey off his back and beating Brett Favre? The Packers deserve a ton of credit for getting it together and winning a big game, but no one is talking about them.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:25 PM)

I don't disagree. But when you're seeing what looks like the end of a Hall of Fame career, it tends to grab people's attention.

Eric (DC)

Thoughts on Bobby Carpenter? Makes me a bit nervous that the Lions are planning on starting a LB who was released mid-season.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:26 PM)

You should be. He's been a productive player, and there is a reason he was available in midseason.

Big tuna (Scarnton)

Any thoughts on trying to make pass interference reviewable? Pass interference can change the outcome of a game every bit as much as a fumble. The idea seems silliy but yet I cant stop thinking there must be something better then what we have now...

Kevin Seifert
  (2:28 PM)

Ugh. I'd rather seem them figure out a way to make pass interference calls more consistent. Opening up that to review just complicates it as far as I'm concerned.

1957 Champs Sucka (Parts Unknown)

Can the Lions stop the run against Washington this week? Lions have revamped Dline for the pass rush but they are only 30th against the run this year. Also how rusty do you think Stafford will look after all that time with a bum shoulder?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:29 PM)

Ryan Torain is a pretty hard-running back. That's going to be tough, but maybe they can make up for it by forcing some fumbles. As for Stafford, you have to think he'll have some rust. He's played less than a half of regular-season football since last December.

Donald Driver (Green Bay)

Is Sunday's performance a sign of things to come? Or was it just an off-day with an injury?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:29 PM)

Definitely think it was injury-related.

Shaun Hill (Allen Park)

So, am I the 2nd best quartback in your "Air and Space" division after all? Did you SEE Cutler/Favre...that was hard to watch.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:29 PM)

This year, yes.

Erik (Chicago, IL)

Kevin,I think many fans and journalists are missing the point in their criticism of the Bears offense - calling it a "disaster" or saying it completely broke down. The Bear's offense isn't inept - its turnover prone. The past two weeks, the Bears have had poor starts in the first quarter and have then begun to move the ball quite well on their opponents. Against the Redskins, the Bears had numerous effective drives inside the 30 before either throwing an interception or fumbling the ball away. Now, those are obviously huge issues, but doesn't the fairly consistent success in moving the ball up and down the field indicate that there is at least a chance they can turn it around by avoiding these mistakes?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:33 PM)

Well, they've been consistent in two areas: Moving the ball and having drive-killing plays. Right now, the drive-killing plays are winning. If they can't fix that, it won't matter whether they can move the ball.

nino (roseville)

Will old man Farve retire now that he has this injury?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:33 PM)

Doubtful. He's guaranteed $1 million for every game week he's on the roster.

Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay, WI)

Finally got the monkey off my back! Took down my mentor at last...now what?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:34 PM)

Well, you can get yourself straightened out in the turnover department. Nine interceptions already!

Jeff (Alabama)

Do people really forget how bad T-Jack is? I don't think NE even has to plan for him starting. He brings nothing. Stack 9 in the box all day long.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:35 PM)

I'm kind of with you. He's had 19 NFL starts. That's a pretty big sample size. The one way he can be successful is if he gets out of the pocket and puts a lot of pressure on the defense. That style doesn't work over 16 games, but it could for a short-term window.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:35 PM)

Ok folks, a few more here. I know Dave from Minneapolis isn't happy that he's getting less an hour, but somehow I think everyone will survive.

TDBuddah (Titletown)

Did Chilly get my thank you card for having his 2 Pro Bowl pass rushers STOP rushing the passer? I think this was very helpful in the Packer victory.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:36 PM)

Agreed. Although I would say Allen's INT was definitely a result. So was the pass he tipped and the one Kevin Williams tipped.

Clay Mathews (GB)

Please excuse me while I take my helmet off to re-arrange my hair.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:36 PM)

Noticed that. I wonder why that's not a penalty. You're not supposed to take your helmet off on the field, but I guess that applies mostly to celebration, not styling.

Tony (Atlanta)

Kevin finally answer one of my questions. Please. TJ cannot read defenses (Philly playoff game int), very innacurate (57%) and has very happy feet. Why even waste our time. What would you do Favre or Jackso? Sure wish Sage was here.

Sam (NY)

What is the best way the Bears can fix their O-line next year? Is it in free agency or the draft? What do you see them doing?

Kevin Seifert
  (2:38 PM)

Yeah, like I said, I wouldn't have high hopes for a Jackson start and would never pick him over a healthy Favre.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:39 PM)

Sorry. Got out of order. As for the Bears O-line, I think they need to do both. They need three starters at least, and they have to plan for whenever Kreutz retires. That's a lot of work.

Kevin Seifert
  (2:39 PM)

OK everyone, thanks again for joining us.